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Tips for High School Success

winter21winter21 Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
What are some tips for academic success in high school? Do you have any regrets on what you did/did not do academic wise? I am going to be a freshman this upcoming school year, and I was just wondering if you had any advice.

Replies to: Tips for High School Success

  • HawkaceHawkace Registered User Posts: 2,481 Senior Member
    Face the fact that you will never stop procrastinating. Somehow, build a schedule that will try to mitigate procrastination, but you will never defeat it.
  • Violet1996Violet1996 Registered User Posts: 839 Member
    Don't bite off more than you can chew. You may think that you'll be able to handle 7 AP classes, lead 6 school organizations and win a Nobel prize, but in reality, know that you can't. Figure out what you can handle in small doses, and try to succeed in the things you do.
  • Swag87Swag87 Registered User Posts: 410 Member
    Do, I mean don't do drugs.
  • Phillyy15Phillyy15 Registered User Posts: 573 Member
    Make sure you call your teachers plenty of mean names and slurs. They love it
  • AmcdolandAmcdoland Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Don't hang out with people that don't care about school. You might start to get their attitude.
  • HeisAidanDHeisAidanD Registered User Posts: 229 Junior Member
    Start joining clubs now and don't rush to join them fall of your junior year like I did~
  • Swag87Swag87 Registered User Posts: 410 Member
    or the spring of junior year, which is what I will have to do.
  • tigerman333tigerman333 Registered User Posts: 1,212 Senior Member
    Start writing essays early. Like a week before they're due
  • halcyonheatherhalcyonheather Registered User Posts: 8,987 Senior Member
    edited May 2014
    A lot of this is more about college than high school academics, but I guess they're pretty interconnected on here.

    1. Make to-do lists or write stuff in a planner.
    2. Keep a notebook or a Word document of random sentences and essay ideas you think of. This will be useful when you write your admissions essays.
    3. There's a lot of scholarship money out there for people with good SAT/ACT scores, so you should prepare for these tests (by taking the PSAT, for example) and get the best scores you possibly can.
    4. Participate in class. Sit close to the front of the room.
    5. Teach yourself how to teach yourself stuff. There are lots of online resources for every subject. Don't expect teachers to tell you everything. (It's high school, so a lot of them will, but it's a good skill for college and life in general.)
    6. Talk to your parents about how you're going to pay for college. Run net price calculators on college websites.
    7. Have a rough idea of what classes you want to take for rest of high school. See what classes are offered and what the prerequisites are. This is useful and only takes a few minutes. If you're taking the most advanced classes offered, your schedule is fine and you don't need to make a thread asking us about it. :)
    8. If you find it hard to study at home, see if the library or Starbucks or something is less distracting.
  • CE527MCE527M Registered User Posts: 4,989 Senior Member
    Leave some things unplanned, because nothing goes according to plan anyhow. Freshman me would be surprised at everything that's happened between then and now.
  • dgsk42dgsk42 Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    Ok, I'm finishing my freshman year right now so I'm just going to give some tips :)

    1) Go the extra mile in EVERYTHING you do. Try to build a reputation as that one kid who completes everything.
    2) Get on the good side of the teachers. It's pretty self explanatory. Don't call out in class and don't disrespect them
    3) Do your homework! Not only will it bring your grades up, the teachers will also think well of you. It really does help if your grade is on the line between a B+ and an A-
    4) Many freshmen are used to none of the grades counting for college and will still be in that mindset. Break out of it, its a horrible mindset to be in.
    5) Stay organized. Use divider tabs or different notebooks or anything to stay organized!
    6) Study your materials when you get home from school. It helps enforce the material you learnt in class and when the test comes around, you'll be well prepared.
    7) Join after school clubs that interest you!
    8) Don't procrastinate. I'm literally procrastinating right now :/ I have to study for finals. Procrastinating work is literally the biggest mistake you can possibly make.

    Anyways, I wish you the best of luck for freshman year!
  • winter21winter21 Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    Thank you all for your responses! Also, is it a good idea to take the ACT and/or SAT freshman year just to see what it's like? I know the scores will count, but I am getting a tutor anyway for math/science that can also tutor me for ACT/SAT.
  • msltennis97msltennis97 Registered User Posts: 290 Junior Member
    Make sure to try new activities that are out of your comfort zone. For example, joining speech and debate helped me get over my fear of public speaking.
  • mrnephewmrnephew Registered User Posts: 4,021 Senior Member
    Study. Study. Study. Hard.
  • SwaggyCSwaggyC Registered User Posts: 510 Member
    Don't take classes you aren't ready for.
    Know who teaches the classes you want to take. Crappy teachers can make life very sad.
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